“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”
― Marvin J. Ashton
Do you work for an organization that would be characterized as a “best place to work”? Do you feel motivated to come to work? Do you feel like there is a clear path of advancement? Are your skills and talents being used? Is the company ethical in all aspects? How would you describe your place of work?
Great places to work don’t just happen, they are created, they require great leaders. Great companies have great cultures. Great cultures reflect great values. If your values are not in complete alignment with the values of the company there is going to be some cognitive dissonance that you’ll experience and that may impact your ability to thrive. Do you own the values of the company as your own? Do your values fully align with the company you work for?
Great places to work value people. Leaders recognize the value of relationships and nurture and foster opportunity for growth within the staff. People who can stretch and engage all the talents you bring. In a sense a great place to work is going to have an environment that is consistent with a coaching culture. A culture that enables the best out of each person on a consistent basis.
A coaching culture works by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system which leads to better performance. Imagine a culture which is committed to your success and developing and improving your social and emotional awareness so that you could develop professional and personally. In that type of environment employees would feel empowered to speak with honesty and candor about significant issues. Organizational transparency would exist and lead to less conflict, less withholding of information and better engagement.
In a sense the best place to work would be an environment of compassionate understanding with high performance objectives. It would be an environment with excellent performance objectives that challenge and require the best of everyone and with a culture of compassionate understanding people would want to perform. That is different from a culture that “needs” to perform.
What kind of culture does your place of work encourage or discourage? How do you feel about going to work each day? Are you working in a place you’d consider the best place to work?
Is this the best place to work?